How do the changes in Kit affect the other characters in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?
Kit obviously changes throughout the novel, how do those changes affect the others around her? And are there any quotes about Kit changing or fitting in?
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As Kit becomes used to the hard work of surviving in the colonies, her uncle and his family begin to respect her more. At first, she is very inept having had servants to do everything for her growing up. As she masters the chores without complaint, the family begins to accept her more. Judith is kinder to her, and her uncle voices his appreciation to her for her help when Judith and Mercy were sick. As Hannah supports and counsels Kit after her disastrous lesson at the dame school, Kit faces the churchmen and expresses her wish to continue teaching there. She promises to teach as they wish. Her honesty and forthrightness impress the board members who allow her to continue. Her rescue of Hannah and return to the village impresses Nat. Kit has learned the value of hard work, loyalty, and compromise needed to succeed in the New World. In doing so, she earns the love and respect of family, neighbors, and Nat.
The changes Kit experiences are shown through by her new found confidence and her ability to do what she thinks is right without caring about the opinions of others. She changes so much through out the story, but because she was so different from the townspeople before she even got there, the new differences are even more bewildering. If you want a quote to prove this go to the section where she gets in trouble for seeing the lady that everyone believes is a witch. She doesn't care and the townspeople are frightened and confused by this. Kit also shows that the people there can move outside of the mold that they were placed into. This upsets the townspeople even more. They just don't know what to make of Kit. Her cousins become more outspoken, and confident, her aunt is more at ease I find, and that Clerk guy she meets on the boat is knocked down a peg or two. :)
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